DALLAS – Universe mHealth has released an updated version of its Universe mHealth App Platform, which enables health care organizations to publish their own branded mobile app with a suite of pre-built features for health summaries, appointment scheduling, messaging, urgent care wait times, physician search, patient education, bill pay and more. The new version 1.1 includes a number of performance, compatibility and compliance improvements, including the addition of family/proxy accounts, which allow a caregiver to toggle between different dependent or care receiver accounts. The caregiver can also receive SMS, email and/or mobile push notifications on behalf of the dependent or care receiver. “Parents are among the most active patient portal users,” said John Deutsch, founder and CEO of Universe mHealth, in a statement. “Providing parents with the ability to easily manage their children’s care from a mobile app is an incredibly powerful feature and was the most requested feature since the launch of version 1.0.” The Universe mHealth platform also features the ability to view imaging reports and documents, CCD-based health summaries, urgent care wait times and more.
BRUSSELS – FibriCheck, a mobile app for heart rhythm disorders, has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The app uses the camera of a smartphone or the optical sensors of a smartwatch to detect atrial fibrillation. “Receiving FDA clearance for a software-only application using consumer devices was a difficult challenge and demonstrates the competence and the excellence of our team,” said Lars Grietenm, CEO and co-founder of FibriCheck, in a statement. “Having all knowledge in-house, it serves as a foundation to expand our product development roadmap beyond the smartphone and look into continuous monitoring.” Grietenm said the FibriCheck FDA clearance is the first such clearance for a smartphone app to detect heart rhythm disorders without using any external medical devices. The user places their finger on the camera of the smartphone, which measures the light reflection caused by the blood that is flowing in the fingertip.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Flo Health has completed a Series A Extension round of funding, bringing the total funds raised to $12 million. The funding will enable the company to continue the growth and development of its women’s health mobile app. Flo Health is the developer of Flo, a women’s health product that offers health solutions for girls and women at every stage of their life. The app leverages data science and artificial intelligence to deliver the personalized content and service. “Women’s health is a top priority for all of us at Flo,” said Anna Klepchukova, chief science officer at Flo Health, in a statement. “It is a unique honor to create a product that can be of value to hundreds of millions of women worldwide. We will make every effort to prove we are worth this big mission.” In addition to product development, the new funding will help grow Flo Health’s team, as well as establish new scientific and research partnerships with leading associations and medical universities to advance women’s health.
SAN DIEGO – UC San Diego Health has launched a new mobile app to help patients manage their health information and communicate with the physicians. The MyUCSDHealth app also provides resources like facility visiting hours, directions and parking information. “We recognize patients are juggling many life obligations, including their health care needs,” said Dr. Thomas Savides, chief experience officer at UC San Diego Health, in a statement. “We want to meet patients where they are and provide the most convenient access to physicians and resources with the simple touch of a phone screen.” UC San Diego Health patients with a MyUCSDChart account can also use the MyUCSDHealth app to communicate securely with their care team, view test results, manage prescriptions, view and pay bills, and schedule different appointments and screenings, including annual mammograms. In addition, the app provides users with the ability to search a physician database and read bios of doctors from primary care to specialty care. “The launch of this app is part of our overall strategy to understand the needs of patients for an optimal experience and then align people, processes and technology to successfully make it happen,” said Kim Kennedy, chief marketing and communications officer at UC San Diego Health, in a statement.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. –VisualDx, providers of a diagnostic clinical decision support tool for physicians, has launched its first consumer mobile app. Aysa is an artificial intelligence-driven symptom checker app. It is trained through the VisualDx platform, which combines combines clinical search and medical knowledge from experts with a database of more than 120,000 medical images from around the world world. “Industry data suggests that nearly 80% of Internet users have searched for a health-related topic online, however 50% of the time these searches produce inaccurate information,” said Dr. Art Papier, CEO of VisualDx, in a statement. “Consumers in the U.S. deserve better and Aysa can provide peace of mind by serving as the foundation for a productive visit to the doctor’s office. We want people to use their smartphones to get the right answers when they need it most, and for the answers to be drawn from the professional knowledge of physicians.” Using machine learning, Aysa is able to provide real-time results for skin photos taken in the privacy of a consumer’s home. Users take a photo of their skin condition and answer a few questions, then Aysa generates a few possible answers in addition to next steps.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a proof-of-concept blood pressure app that can give accurate readings using an iPhone. Their work was featured recently in Scientific Reports. “By leveraging optical and force sensors already in smartphones for taking ‘selfies’ and employing ‘peek and pop,’ we’ve invented a practical tool to keep tabs on blood pressure,” said Ramakrishna Mukkamala, lead researcher, in a statement. “Such ubiquitous blood pressure monitoring may improve hypertension awareness and control rates, and thereby help reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and mortality.” The team is looking to have an app ready for market by late next year.
KELOWNA, British Columbia – CoreHealth Technologies has launched MyWellAppto engage participants in corporate wellness programs. MyWellApp is a replacement of the original app called CoreHealth Mobile and showcases the complete functionality of CoreHealth’s corporate wellness platform. Through the app, wellness program participants are able to access and engage with health assessments, challenges, events, health content and video coaching, as well as watch videos and collaborate with other program participants. “MyWellApp is a powerful tool that can help keep employees informed, inspired and engaged,” said Anne Marie Kirby, founder and CEO of CoreHealth Technologies, in a statement. “Our customers now have an additional tool to boost wellness program participation by utilizing the convenience of mobile devices.”
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – An update to the Google Fit exercise app now features heart health tracking goals, based on recommendations from leading health organizations. “We’ve worked with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization to understand the science behind physical activity and help you get the amount and intensity needed to improve your health,” wrote Margaret Hollendoner, head of product for Google Fit, in a recent blog post about the update. She said the new Google Fit is centered around two simple and smart activity goals based on AHA and WHO activity recommendations shown to impact health: Move Minutes and Heart Points. Users can earn Move Minutes for all activity and get motivated to make small, healthy changes throughout the day, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Heart Points will give the user points for heart-pumping activities. When you’re walking, running or biking throughout the day, Google Fit will automatically detect activities like walking, running or biking using phone or watch sensors to estimate the number of Heart Points earned. It will also calculate the number of Heart Points or Move Minutes earned from other activities. Google Fit also features an exercise journal to track activities, achievements and goal progress across other fitness apps.
DURHAM, N.C. – Cerner has collaborated with Duke Clinical Research Institute to develop an atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) Risk Calculator app, designed as a tool to increase communication between a patient and their doctor about ways to live a healthier life and risk factors for heart disease and stroke. The app helps health care providers estimate 10-year and lifetime ASCVD risk for patients based on information like age, race, sex, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking status and diabetes status, and was designed to factor in a person’s willingness to take action to improve their health and the risks and benefits of potential therapies. “We developed the app to be able to pull important patient health data across multiple EHR suppliers at different venues of care to get a full picture of how to improve that patient’s health,” said Dr. Ann Marie Navar, assistant professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine and member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute who led the collaboration, in a statement. “Cerner’s open platform encourages collaboration, which will help advance the way care is delivered regardless of the specific platform people are using.” Cerner and Duke worked together to develop the software through the Cerner Open Developer Experience that encourages innovators to build apps that advance the health care industry. Cerner wrote, maintains and hosts the ASCVD Risk Calculator under an open source license. “This collaboration demonstrates how the health care industry can come together to develop and continually improve an app that has the ability to save lives by the power of SMART on FHIR open source standards,” said Kevin Shekleton, vice president at Cerner, in a statement. “We developed this Risk Calculator for our client hospitals and health systems, but open source lets any health care organization leverage the technology to help people live healthier lives.”
KENILWORTH, N.J. – Healthy Interactions and Merck have launched map4health, a digital platform and mobile app designed to help improve the quality of diabetes patient support in between in-person coaching sessions. map4health enables patients to connect with educators through text and video-chat and provides weekly digital activities to sustain engagement. “We believe this tool will further enhance the positive impact that diabetes educators are making in the lives of their patients,” said Paul Lasiuk, co-founder and CEO of Healthy Interactions, a company that provides digital health engagement and education tools, in a statement. The map4health platform was developed as an extension of the companies’ Journey for Control collaboration, a patient-centric education initiative targeting diabetes educators and utilizing the U.S. Diabetes Conversation Map. Through the new platform, patients can securely log health information that their educators are able to review and respond to. “We are thrilled our work with Healthy Interactions will provide diabetes patients and educators a digital platform for dialogue and personalized self-management tools,” said Lisa French, associate vice president, strategy and commercial model innovation, at Merck, in a statement.